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approach that includes lawmakers, law enforcement, victims' advocates, community organizations and social service providers is necessary to identify victims and lead them to safety, restore them and bring their captors to justice. the national human trafficking resource center plays a critical role in the effort to save, protect and restore victims of human trafficking. the nhtrc is a national anti-trafficking hotline and resource center created and overseen by the department of heament and human services -- health and human services and funded through grant money appropriated to h.h.s. it is very important. in 2015 the nhtrc received more than 24,000 signals regarding human trafficking cases or issues related to human trafficking, which includes phone calls, online tips and emails. the nhtrc is invaluable to victims, survivors and stakeholders involving the fight against human trafficking.
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connecting them to services that provide crisis intervention, urgent or nonurgent care or lead them to safety, providing tools to fight against human trafficking and reporting potential trafficking tips to law enforcement, this is a very valuable service and lifeline. and so i urge my colleagues to support the underlying bill, or this legislation, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the chair recognizes the gentleman from virginia. mr. goodlatte: mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the chair recognizes the gentlelady from texas. ms. jackson lee: mr. speaker, i'm delighted to yield to the distinguished the gentlelady from california, ms. bass, who has a long history of working with children, of arguing and advocating against the mistreatment of foster care children who find themselves disproportionately subjected to the potential of human trafficking. i want to thank her for her leadership. she's a co-sponsor of this
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legislation and a member of the house judiciary committee committee. i yield her two minutes. the eaker pro tempore: gentlelady from california is recognized for two minutes. ms. bass: mr. speaker, i rise in support of the national human trafficking hotline. this legislation -- i also want to join with my colleagues in wishing well with judge poe and wishing him a speedy recovery. he has been a leader on this issue for many, many years, and the hotline is a critical feature of how we can address human trafficking in our country. i also support the resources being managed under health and human services and i believe it reflects the current awareness and knowledge that this really shouldn't be managed by law enforcement. we have all heard the stories of women and children who have been taken from location to location and forced to have sex against their will. currently, there are more cases of human trafficking reported
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in california than in any other state. this hotline has served as a lifeline, vital resource to human trafficking victims and their advocates. in california alone, this year, there have been over 3,000 calls received on the hotline, resulting in over 1,000 human trafficking cases being reported. nearly a third of which are minors. unfortunately, there's a growing body of evidence that youth who fall through the cracks in the foster care system end up trafficked. as of 2012 in california, 50% to 80% of the commercially exploited children had been involved in the child welfare system. 58% of sexually trafficked girls in the los angeles county star court in 2012 were under age and were connected to the foster care system. in los angeles, we're fortunate to have a star court, but the purpose of this court is to deal with under aged children
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who have been trafficked. i recently hosted an event in my district in order to train faith leaders in my community to identify and direct resources to women and girls who have been victims of trafficking. often it is a member of our communities who are the first line of defense for these girls. we must work to break the foster care to -- ms. jackson lee: let me yield the gentlelady an additional minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady is recognized for 30 seconds. ms. bass: we must continue to fund additional programs like the national human trafficking hotline to help identify victims and provide them with the resources that they need. thank you, mr. speaker, and i ield the remainder of my time. the gentlelady yields. does the gentlelady reserve? ms. jackson lee: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. goodlatte: mr. speaker, i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlelady from texas. ms. jackson lee: mr. speaker, let me give my closing remarks
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and indicate we're grateful in etermining that the victims of human trafficking act was enacted last year. funding for the nhtrc was given to the justice department instead of h.h.s., which would be still be responsible for administering it. therefore, we need to change the law to make sure funding be directed to h.h.s. so that it will continue to fund and oversee nhtrc as it has been in the past. for that reason, this is an important initiative, and so i want to commend, again, the actions and efforts and commitment of our colleague, congressman ted poe. i wish him good health and thank him for continuing to work on behalf of human trafficking victims. the bill, this bill is evidence that we have the ability to work together as a unified body to address issues that affect
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our country and more importantly that those victims of this dastardly human trafficking, when they feel so alone, cannot reach out, have a body of members, house and senate, who recognize the urgency and importance of this effort to help them restore their lives but more importantly to stand in the way of this terrible and heinous act. i ask my colleagues to support this legislation, and i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back. the gentleman from virginia. mr. goodlatte: mr. speaker, i yield myself the balance of the time. let's pass this legislation in honor of congressman and former judge ted poe, who has been a champion in the battle against human trafficking. i urge my colleagues to support the bill and yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 5422, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair,
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2/3 having responded in the affirmative -- mr. goodlatte: mr. speaker. on that i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman asks for the yeas and nays. the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i move the house suspend the rules and ss the bill h.r. 5877, the united states-israel advanced research partnership act of 2016, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 5877, a bill to amend the homeland security act of 2002 and the united states-israel strategic partnership act of 2014 to promote cooperative homeland security research and anti-terrorism programs relating to cybersecurity, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from texas, mr. ratcliffe, and the gentleman from rhode island, mr. langevin, each will control 20 minutes. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from texas. mr. ratcliffe: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and tend their remarks and include any extraneous materials on the bill under
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consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. ratcliffe: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. ratcliffe: thank you, mr. speaker. i'm very pleased that today the house is considering h.r. 5877, the united states-israel advanced research partnership act of 2016. israel is our strongest and most trusted ally in the middle east, and i'm grateful to join with the gentleman from rhode island, my friend, representative langevin, in working to expand and strengthen this bond through long-term collaboration on cybersecurity efforts between our countries. h.r. 5877 builds on decades of partnership with the state of israel by amending current law to authorize the undersecretary of the science and technology directorate at the department of homeland security in coordination with the secretary of state to enter into cooperative research activities
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with israel. h.r. 5877 also amends the u.s.-israel strategic partnership act of 2014 by further formalizing the program and adding cybersecurity to the list of research areas authorized under that act. the u.s.-israel strategic partnership act of 2014 currently authorizes the secretary of homeland security to conduct cooperative research programs to enhance israel's capabilities in border security, explosives detection and emergency services. my bill now adds cybersecurity to that important list. mr. speaker, violence and instability in the middle east presents significant challenges for israel as our major strategic partner in that region of the world, and enhancing collaboration between our countries is therefore essential to ensuring israel's continued ability to defend
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herself. mr. speaker, i introduce this legislation following an in-depth congressional delegation that i led to israel earlier this year, along with my colleague, mr. langevin. while there we were able to meet with israel's top national security figures, including prime minister benjamin netanyahu, to discuss homeland security and cybersecurity threats to the united states and israel and to develop strategies for our better cooperation in defending against these threats. mr. langevin and i also met with israel's cybersecurity firms to learn about their efforts and to discuss the potential application of these innovative technologies to u.s. homeland security. in recent years, israel's tech sector has been bombing, and cybersecurity and technology -- booming and cybersecurity and technology startups and for that reason many u.s. tech companies has a present in israel. much of israel's success in the
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tech sectors is from the development of a very robust cyberwork force and we discussed ways to apply those lessons here in the united states. the united states and israel share a joint recognition that cybersecurity is national security and that our two nations must closely partner to combat these growing threats. this is exactly why i was so pleased to be able to introduce h.r. 5877, the united states-israel advanced research partnership act of 2016, and why i also expressed my strong support for mr. langevin's bill, h.r. 5843, the united states-israel cybersecurity cooperation enhancement act of 2016. i'd like to thank my friend and colleague, mr. langevin, for his bipartisan partnership on these very important bills. as the co-founder and co-chairman of the bipartisan cybersecurity caucus, he has long been a leader on cybersecurity issues here in congress. mr. speaker, i also need to
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thank chairman mccaul, ranking member thompson and subcommittee ranking member richmond for their help in getting this legislation across the finish line today. i'd also like to thank chairman royce and the staff of the foreign affairs committee for their assistance in moving the legislation to the floor today. i ask unanimous consent to insert an exchange of letters between the chairman of the committee on foreign affairs and the committee on homeland security. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. ratcliffe: with that i'd like to urge all members to join me in supporting this bill, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. for what purpose does the gentleman from rhode island seek recognition? mr. langevin: mr. speaker, i rise in strong support of h.r. 5877, the united states-israel advanced research partnership act of 2016, and yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. langevin: thank you, mr. speaker. both this bill and the subsequent measure that we'll consider today are connected, as the chairman mentioned, to a
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congressional delegation trip that chairman ratcliffe and i took to israel earlier this year and i want to thank chairman ratcliffe for his leadership on cybersecurity and other homeland security-related issues. the focus of our trip was cybersecurity and we learned a great deal about the innovative work the israelis are doing both within government and the private sector. israel was one of the first countries to recognize the potential threat posed by interconnected computer systems, and they've been leaders in cybersecurity now for decades. for instance, the first firewall technology was developed by an israeli firm. today, these firewalls are ue big with us across the information security landscape. in fact, despite its size, israel is the second largest exporter of subsecurity goods and services behind only the united states. in addition to being a resource for public and private sector
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innovation in the domain, israel has also -- is also the united states' critical strategic partner in the middle east. recognizing this confluence of strategic and research interest, the department of homeland security established the memorandum of agreement with the israeli ministry of public security focused on joint homeland security research and development efforts, including cybersecurity. as a founding member of the homeland security committee, i remember when this m.o.u. was first reached, and i think it's a very positive thing that we're working together on these types of issues with israel. . this provides slept cooperation between our two nations. one of the common themes we heard during our trip is can we be doing even more? cybersecurity is the most significant national security challenge of the information age in which we live.
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and it's been a pleasure working with mr. ratcliffe, who very quickly in his time here in congress has recognized the significance of the challenge that is in front of us. this national security challenge, of course, is not confined to any nation. on the contrary. our adversaries in space are infiltrating the networks in both our countries. what's more the interconnected nature of our systems lead to a blurry of gee oggra if i. a cyberthreat against israel could come to the united states or vice versa and there are no internet border patrol that will stop it from spreading. some of these challengeses can be addressed particularly information sharing, which is why i'm grateful that then deputy secretary of homeland enhanced cybersecurity
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cooperatively with israel earlier this year that will promote engagement and colbation by readiness teams. but one of the things that i have learned in my decade as co-chair of the congressional cybersecurity caucus, the landscape evolves at a dizzy pace. while we must work together, it's also through the development of innovative tech neeks and challenges that we have the hope of stemming the tide of challenges we face. i would like to offer my support for the bill under consideration. .r. 5877 expands an existing pilot program after the homeland security security advanced projects agency to further collaboration on cybersecurity capability development.
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this program is important because it addresses specific needs from the homeland security community, which may not be present in other sectors and which may not be addressed by commercial off-the-shelf products. cybersecurity is subject to the same valley of death, if you will, between early applied research and viable commercial products as other cutting-edge fields. and this bill ensures that innovative products will make it to market that are responsive to the needs of our cybersecurity professionals. this last point is worth re-emphasizing. while we face similar challenges, small businesses and government agencies all run with windows on their p.c.'s. we face problems that are unique . it's incumbent upon nations that i believe that believe in a free and open internet to work
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together to preserve the immense benefit and facilitate collaboration between our count ries' innovaters'. border security and emergency services should include cybersecurity and i'm grateful for the leadership of mr. ratcliffe in bringing a bill that has existing relationships and expands them to the leading threat facing our nation. with that, mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 5877 and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from texas. mr. ratcliffe: i thank congressman langevin for his kind words and leadership in connection with this bill. i have no other speakers. if the gentleman from rhode island has no speakers, i'm prepared to close once the gentleman does. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from rhode island is
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recognized. the gentleman from texas reserves. mr. langevin: may inquire how much time i have remaining on my side? mr. langevin: 14 minutes. mr. langevin: with that, i would like to yield two minutes to the gentlelady from texas for comments. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from texas is recognized. ms. jackson lee: i commend mr. ratcliffe and mr. langevin for their leadership on this issue nd rise in support of h.r. 5877, that speaks to the crucialness of cybersecurity, as does the following bill by mr. langevin. it is interesting that some of s ago as the chairperson the transportation security committee, infrastructure was included in -- and cybersecurity was a part of that. during that tenure, we looked at the vast impact that cyber and security would have on the lives
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of americans and the people around the world. from water systems, sewer an attack on the cyber system that clearly undermines the quality of life around the world and israel fully come hends their work dealing with cybersecurity and as mr. langevin said, the importance of creating firewalls. so i want to congratulate the sponsors of this legislation and say that we need clearly to have cybersecurity issues clearly in our eyes' view. i want to acknowledge the bipartisan work of homeland security, under the leadership of mr. mccaul, ranking member thompson and the cybersecurity committee that has as its ranking member, mr. richmond. i also want to add my support
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for h.r. 5843, sponsored by mr. langevin, which provides a pilot security research program that will require the department of homeland security to establish a grant program to support cybersecurity research in the development of commercialization technology in accordance with the governments of united states and israel. i cannot think of a more important steps being made. i hope this legislation will pass before this congress ends, because if there is any threat that is great to this nation, it is the unaattended impact of cybersecurity. so let me -- can i get 15 seconds. mr. langevin: i yield to the gentlelady. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for an additional 15 seconds. ms. jackson lee: in the back drop of seeing the impact in the recent election, we have to be
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studious, we have to be thorough and make sure that systems work and systems are protected. i ask my colleagues to support the underlying bill and h.r. 5843. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from rhode island reserves. the gentleman from texas. mr. ratcliffe: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from texas reserves. the gentleman from rhode island. mr. langevin: i'm prepared to close. i have no additional speakers. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from rhode island is recognized to close. mr. langevin: mr. speaker, i yield myself the will balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. langevin: this bill, mr. speaker, will meaningfully improve our ability to manage cybersecurity risks and will do so in a way that increases the capacity of our israeli allies to operate securely despite the various threats they face on a daily basis. i want to thank mr. ratcliffe
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for his leadership in bringing this legislation to the floor. it was a pleasure traveling with him to israel on this fact-finding mission and we learned a great deal. i also want to thank chairman mccaul and ranking member thompson as well as ranking member richmond of the subcommittee of cybersecurity for their assistance in support of this. i want to thank the staffs on both the homeland security committee and mr. ratcliffe's personal staff and my personal staff for their hard work in bringing this to the floor. we could not do what we do without their invalue annual assistance and due diligence. and with that, i urge my colleagues to support this legislation and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from texas. mr. ratcliffe: i once again would like to thank congressman langevin and i would like to urge my colleagues to support h.r. 5877 and yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 5877 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended and the bill is passed and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from texas seek recognition? mr. ratcliffe: mr. speaker, i move the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 5843, the united states-israel cybersecurity cooperation enhancement act of 2016, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 5843, a bill to establish a grant program at the department of homeland security to promote development between united states and israel on cybersecurity. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from texas, mr. ratcliffe and the gentleman from rhode island, mr. langevin, each
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will control 20 minutes sm the chair recognizes the gentleman from texas. mr. ratcliffe: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to resize and extend their remarks and include any extraneous materials on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. ratcliffe: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. ratcliffe: thank you, mr. speaker. i would like to thank my colleague, mr. langevin, for offering this very important piece of legislation today. as i mentioned earlier, h h.r. 5843 and 5877 were the result of our successful congressional delegation to the state of israel where we heard and learned firsthand about the importance of strong collaboration between our two nations, the united states and israel. this legislation further builds on the existing agreements between the united states and israel by authorizing the secretary to carry out a grant program to bolster the cyber defenses of both countries.
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it's vitally important that the united states and israel have robust and innovative cyber defenses to stay ahead of our adversaries and this legislation will help that be achieved. i thank mr. langevin and his staff for their partnership on this very important issue and i urge members to join me in supporting this bill and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from rhode island. mr. langevin: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in strong support of h.r. 5843, united states-israel cybersecurity cooperation enhancement act of 2016 and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. langevin: thank you, mr. speaker. much like the previous bill, h.r. 5843, about enhancing cooperation with our allies in israel to develop cybersecurity solutions directly responsive to the needs of our national security. specifically, the bill creates a cybersecurity program, the joint
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enhancement ventures. projects would be selected after a merit review, peer review process that would have -- to address requirements by the secretary of homeland security. the grants would be subject to a cautionary requirement with at least 50% of project funds coming from a non-federal source. importantly, h.r. 5843, leverages existing united states-israel r&d infrastructure, and the foundation and the by national science foundation. both organizations have a proven track record of encouraging joint research efforts. they have financed r&d projects that led to $8 billion in commercial sales since its
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foundation. while -- since its founding while the other foundation funds between top scientists in our spective country as 45 nobel laureates have received support. using the existing infrastructure since 2007 when the congress passed the energy independence and security act, also allows us to capitalize on both foundation' networks in unions and israeli entities to help these efforts. all of these factors are particularly critical in the fast moving cybersecurity domain in tech next, where they change on a weekly or monthly basis. advances in the discipline require a near constant re-examining of assumptions and having people from different backgrounds and security cultures working together enagendaers an environment with
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re-examination is encouraged. while both the u.s. and israel robust cybersecurity communities, further collaboration, i believe, is needed to spur more advances to combat the threats that we face. and although some of these advances are technological in nature, basic cybersecurity research such as investigation into the psychology of cybersecurity interface and design, is also supported by the bill. the programs authorize h.r. 5843 and h.r. 5877 will both address urgent homeland security needs and build capacity for further transnational collaboration on cybersecurity all while matching federal investment with private dollars and funds from the israeli government. . th h.r. 5843 and h.r. 5877
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owe much to the dedicated staff who spend much behind the scenes reviewing the legislation. in particular, i'd like to thank brett de witt and christopher shepherd and eric peterson from the subcommittee on homeland security, infrastructure protection and security technologies, who joined representative ratcliffe on the congressional delegation trip that we took to israel as ell as emily laviner and mr. ratcliffe's personal staff and nick on my own staff. i'm also very grateful, of course, once again to chairman mccaul and ranking member thompson and subcommittee ranking member richmond for their continued leadership on the issue of cybersecurity and for their assistance in quickly actualizing the lessons that we learned on our trip to israel. finally, once again, i owe a debt of gratitude to my friend across the aisle, mr.
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ratcliffe, who in his first term has immediately and had a substantial impact on our national security. as i said previously, with whom has been a great pleasure to work. so with that, mr. speaker, taken together, h.r. 5843 and h.r. 5877, do three things. they encourage innovative approaches to address top priorities and homeland security r&d. they strengthen ties with israel, one of our closest allies. and they do so in a public-private partnership that matches federal investment. so with that i urge members to support h.r. 5843, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from texas. mr. ratcliffe: mr. speaker, i'd like to thank congressman langevin for his kind words. i'd also like to congratulate him on his hard work and his leadership in bringing this bill to the floor today. and i'll reserve.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from rhode island. mr. langevin: i have no further speakers, mr. speaker. i'm prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized to close. mr. langevin: so, mr. speaker, this bill is about innovation. it is a bill about bringing together the best minds in the u.s. and in israel to help manage what has become an intractable problem. it is a bill that's sorely needed. in the past year, just by way of example, we've seen the first cyberattack on a power grid in the ukraine. many devices that are part of the internet of things have been compromised and used to ttack websites and services. our election gly, campaign got documents hacked.
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these are the threats that keep me up at night and these are the also same threats that motivate the israel national cyber bureau. working together, i believe, we can make meaningful progress to reduce the nation state's specific risks both countries face and better secure the entire internet ecosystem. so with that i hope my colleagues in the senate will move quickly to take up this issue, and i'd like to particularly thank my dear friend and home state colleague, senator sheldon whitehouse, for his efforts in this regard. he's been the leader in so many ways on the senate side and been an invaluable partner to me in this effort. again, let me thank mr. ratcliffe for his work on this bill, his leadership on the committee and i urge my colleagues to support this bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from texas.
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mr. ratcliffe: mr. speaker, again, i'd like to thank congressman langevin and urge my colleagues to support his bill, h.r. 5843, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 5843, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative -- mr. ratcliffe: i object to the vote on the grounds that a quorum is not present pourdpourd. -- and i make a point of order that a quorum is not present. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this motion will be postponed.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? >> mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 4757, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 4757, a bill to amend title 38, united states code, to expand the eligibility for headstones, markers, and medallions furnished by the secretary of veterans affairs for deceased individuals who were awarded the medal of honor and are buried in private , -- cemeteries. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from florida, mr. miller, and the gentleman from -- and the gentleman, mr. tonko, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida. mr. miller: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks or add extraneous material on h.r. 4757, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. miller: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. miller: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i rise to urge all of our colleagues to support h.r. 4757, as amended. this bill would expand two different honors for our nation's heroes guaranteeing that their service would never be forgotten. first, the bill would expand eligibility for a presidential memorial certificate to members of the national guard or reserve. mr. speaker, presidential memorial certificates are engraved certificates that are signed by the president and sent to a deceased service member's family honoring their loved one's service and sacrifice to our country. my bill would ensure that all service is recognized and cherished because all service members take the exact same oath to support and to defend the constitution of the united states. second, h.r. 4757, as amended, would allow v.a. to furnish a headstone, marker or medallion
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signifying that the deceased was awarded the medal of honor. we all know that veterans who were awarded the medal of honor, the highest award for valor, deserve to have their service recognized both in life and in after they pass. this bill would make it easier for visitors at any cemetery to pay their respects to medal of honor resip yepts by allowing them to quickly identity -- recipients by allowing them to quickly identify them. these headstones or medallions will continue to inspire the next generation of americans who will be serving our country. 100, 200 or even 1,000 years from now future americans will still take the time to find the graves of these incredibly brave men and women 100, 200 or and give than are living in the greatest nation in the history of this world. this legislation would help us fulfill our duty as a nation to
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encourage continued respect and admiration of those who have gone on before us. again, i urge all of my colleagues to support h.r. 4757, as amended, and with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from california. mr. takai: -- the gentleman from california. mr. takano: mr. speaker, i rise to support h.r. 4757 that updates current law to ensure ur nation's heroes are awarded the recognition they deserve, including the medal of honor. first, h.r. 4757 directs the v.a. to provide upon request a distinctive headstone, marker or medallion to medal of honor recipients are who buried in private cemeteries. this bill is necessary because current law actually prohibits
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the secretary from furnishing these honors to recipients not buried in national cemeteries. second, while the v.a. sends a presidential memorial of certificate that expresses the nation's recognition and gratitude of military service to family members of a deceased veteran, current law limits presidential memorial certificates to the families of those who served in regular armed services or national guard and reserve members who were called to absentive duty. h.r. 4757 very rightly expands eligibility for a presidential memorial certificate to members of a reserve component of the armed services, armed forces and the army national guard or the air national guard eligible for internment or inurnment at national cemeteries. and finally, current law only allows v.a. to pay for the cost of transporting the remains of a deceased veteran to the nearest open national cemetery.
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if it is the family's choice, instead, to be buried in a state or tribal veteran cemetery, h.r. 4757 authorizes v.a. to pay the costs associated with transporting the remains of an eligible deceased veteran to that cemetery nearest to the deceased veteran's last residence. mr. speaker, honoring the memory of deceased veterans is our greatest responsibility at the committee on veterans' affairs, and i am pleased to support chairman miller's legislation, which refines and improves on the ways we are doing that. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from florida. mr. miller: mr. speaker, i have no more requests for time so we will be prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from california. mr. takano: mr. speaker, i have no further speakers, and i encourage my colleagues to support this important legislation and join me in passing h.r. 4757, as amended. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman yields back. the gentleman from florida. mr. miller: thank you, mr. speaker. i, too, urge all my colleagues to support h.r. 4757, as amended, and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 4757, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. without objection, the title is amended. the gentleman from florida. mr. miller: i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted.
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a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this uestion will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? mr. miller: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 5047, the protecting veterans' educational choice act of 2016. the clerk: union calendar number 637, h.r. 5047, a bill to direct the secretary of veterans affairs and the secretary of labor to provide information to veterans and members of the armed forces about articulation agreements between institutions of higher learning and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from florida, mr. miller, and the gentleman from california, mr. takano, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida. mr. miller: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all
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members may have five legislative days to revise and tend their remarks and add extraneous material and other items to h.r. 5047. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. miller: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. miller: thank you very much, mr. speaker. h.r. 5047, the protecting veterans' educational choice act of 2016, would further protect student veterans by requiring that when the department of veterans affairs provides educational counseling or a certificate of eligibility to veterans or service members who are eligible for v.a. education benefits, that the department also provide information on articulation agreements that institutions of higher learning. the post-9/11 g.i. bill has benefited more than 1.5 million service members, veterans and their dependents since its inception in 2009. while many of these beneficiaries complete their entire program of education at
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one school, we often see individuals who transfer to another school in the middle of their program due to a plethora of circumstances. if they do transfer schools, their previously earned credits can play a large role in determining the length of time it may take for students to complete their program at the new school that they have chosen to go to and in some cases not all earned credits will transfer. often, the transferability of certain credits between different institutions of higher learning is not always on an individual's radar when they apply for a certain school or a certain program, and a veteran may or may not have understood how credits transfer when they first initiated their education career. . h.r. 5047 would provide students with additional information as they apply to and attend schools
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by requiring v.a. to provide agreements with a particular school and that school's agreement with another institution. our veterans and their depend events deserve full transparency as they set out to use their hard-earned benefits and i thank jody hice from georgia for introducing this bipartisan legislation which has my complete support. and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california. mr. takai: mr. speaker, i -- mr. takano: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise in support of h.r. 5047, the protecting veterans choice act of 2016. i thank my colleague from georgia for introducing this commendable legislation. this bill would require the v.a. to include information about the educational services available to all veterans seeking to use
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their post 9/11 g.i. benefits and to provide counseling to inform the veterans about the arctic can you lation agreements that exist between schools that govern the transfer of credits. arctic can you lation agreements refer to formal agreements between two or more institutions of higher learning documenting the credit transfer policies for a specific academic program. student veterans have an important decision to make. it is essential that they understand at the outset whether they could transfer their credits to another college or university down the line. we have seen too many examples of student veterans depleting their limited g.i. bill benefits to attend for-profit colleges to find out later that their opportunities to transfer to schools without losing time, money and credit hours are
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severely limited. ensuring that student veterans know in advance whether a school will give them credit for completed courses if they choose o transfer will avoid veterans where their credits will not transfer. i thank representative hice for introducing this important piece of legislation. which i am proud to co-sponsor and support. thank you, mr. speaker. and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from florida. mr. miller: mr. speaker, i yield three minutes to the sponsor of this particular piece of legislation, the gentleman from 10th district of georgia, the great community of monroe, mr. hice, for three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. hice: thank you very much, mr. speaker. and i rise in sfrong support of protectingh.r. 5047, veterans educational choice act
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of 2016. and let me extend a very sincere and heartfelt thank you to chairman miller and ranking member takano who, by the way is a an original co-sponsor of this bill and very sincerely, a thank you to both of them for their support of this bill and overall wide support for this bill. and i appreciate the comments that both of my colleagues have made pertaining to this bill. the post 9/11 g.i. bill i believe without question is the most generous educational benefit that our nation has ever passed and has already been mentioned over a million student veterans have benefited tremendously from that particular piece of legislation. and some of the benefits include covering health to cover costs of tuition, books, supplies,
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even housing. and yet in spite of all of this, we find that many of our veterans find themselves still having to take out student loans. and part of the reason for that is as has been discussed by my colleagues, many of these veterans as they're going to various schools, somewhere in the midst of the process, they discover that the credits they received from this school won't transfer over here and somewhere in the middle of that time frame, much of their g.i. bill has already been spent. they find themselves in an extremely difficult and awkward position. and so this bill -- and i won't reiterate the details, because it's already been done, but the basics of this addresses that problem, mr. speaker. it does not have anything to say regarding what school a veteran chooses. they are free to go to whatever
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school they want to. but what the bill says, is up front, they need to be aware whether their credits will transfer to another school. they don't need to find it out in the back end but fully informed on the front end as they are making these career and educational choices. so i think it's a shame for many of our veterans to feel that they have misused their g.i. benefits because they weren't informed enough from the beginning of this process. so it's incumbent upon progress to ensure that our veterans have as much information as they need at the front end of their educational choices that will best benefit them and their families. so again, i strongly thank the chairman and ranking member for their support. and i believe this bill is going to go a long way in addressing this problem. i encourage and urge my colleagues to support h.r. 5047,
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mr. speaker, and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida reserves. the gentleman from california. mr. takano: i strongly support this legislation and i have no other speakers. i urge my colleagues to vote in favor. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida. mr. miller: i encourage members to support h.r. 5047. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 5047 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended and the bill is passed -- the gentleman from florida. mr. miller: i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman requests the yeas and nays. hose in favor say aye.
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a a sufficient number having arisen arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8, rule 20, further proceedings on this uestion are postponed. for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? mr. miller: i move to suspend he rules and pass h.r. 5166 as amended. the clerk: h.r. 5166 a bill to amend title 38 united states code to provide certain employees of members of congress and certain employees of state or local governmental agencies with access to case tracking information with the department of veterans affairs. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from florida, mr. miller, and the gentleman from california, mr. takano, each will control 20 minutes. mr. miller: i ask unanimous consent that all members would have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks or add extraneous material on h.r. 5166 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman from florida.
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mr. miller: i yield myself such time as i might consume. i rise today to urge all of my colleagues to support h.r. 5166 as amended, the wingman act. i want to thank our colleagues, congressmen yoho and davis for introducing the wingman act which will better serve our constituents. h.r. 5166 would allow our offices to assist veterans who are seeking information about the status of their claims for disability compensation. unfortunately when a congressional staff member contacts the v.a. for more information about a claim, it can take often weeks or months for the department of veterans affairs to respond. v.a.'s delay in answering congressional inquiries only adds to the veterans' frustration. the veteran wants to know the status of his or her claim.
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5166 would require to give permanent full-time congressional access to v.a. data bases so they can tell a veteran about their current status. to protect veterans' privacy, the wingman act mandates that the employees first obtain permission before viewing a veteran's information. the congressional employee would not be able to alter the electronic file in any way. passing this bill will help veterans who want to understand where their claim is in the process. i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 5166 as amended. and with that, i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california. mr. takano: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. takano: i rise in support of h.r. 5166 sponsored by
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representative yoho which would give certified congressional case workers access to veterans' electronic disability claims records at the veterans administration. the purpose of the bill is to provide faster answers to our veteran constituents who call our offices to help with their v.a. claims. by the time veterans contact us, many have faced delays or frustrated experiences trying to get answers themselves. this bill will allow our case workers read-only access to disability claims records. this means they will not be able to add or remove anything from a veterans' records and it includes privacy safeguards which enforces the necessity to get prior consent. additionally, the bill requires that congressional employees certified for this access must be full-time employees who
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provide constituent services. i am hopeful that as this program is developed, v.a. will put in place a tracking system to ensure these employees are only assisting constituents from their congressional districts and tharl congressional staff are held accountable if found to have abused any aspect of this new and unprecedented authority. in short, mr. speaker, there is broad bipartisan among our colleagues for helping our veterans get timely answers to the questions. allowing access to electronic veterans' records on a read-only basis is a step inputting the veterans' interests first and foremost. i support h.r. 5166 as amended and i urge my colleagues to do the same. and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from florida.
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mr. miller: i yield three minutes to the gentleman from florida, dr. ted yoho, a primary sponsor of this legislation. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. yoho: i would like to thank the chairman, chairman miller, for support of this measure and without his help and the help of this team, we wot not be here today. this is a monumental bill for our veterans and comes down to customer service. i feel we are in the customer business. these are not constituents but people who paid the price to defend this country and time we give them the service they need. what this does, it gives us access, read-only access to a veteran's claim. we have a privacy form and on a secure system and this just moves the claim through the process that much quicker so we an find out why it is hung up. so many times, the average time
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to receive the records is six months and at times, even over a year. and what this will do, we can look into there and read only that particular case and say you forgot to sign it, date it or check this box and report back to the veteran and free up the v.a. system. no single man or woman who has served or protected our freedom should have to wait to receive the care and benefits. they have become statistics, nothing more than numbers on a page. so many times with the v.a. system. this ends with the passage of the wingman bill. it allows the staff to access these records directly without waiting on the v.a. and i urge all my colleagues to support this measure and be a good wingman and let veterans know we have their backs. and i thank my colleague, congressman davis, for his help on this strong bipartisan bill. with that, i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida reserves. the gentleman from california. mr. takano: mr. speaker, i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california reserves. the gentleman from florida. mr. miller: i yield at this time one minute to the gentleman from georgia, mr. collins. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for one minute. mr. collins: i want to come to the floor as a veteran who is still serving and what mr. yoho and mr. davis have done, they have come together to bring common sense to something that is amazing that we have veterans who have to call their congressman to get help and have to call and we are hamstrung. our veterans deserve the best service and should not have to call their congressman. but when they do, we need to give our office all the tools. and i wanted to compliment for bringing this bill forward and encourage the house. this is a great bill and that's the reason we are here and with
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that, i yield back. . . mr. takano: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida is recognized. mr. miller: i would like to yield to mr. rodney davis for three minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. davis: thank you to chairman miller and thank you to his committee for bringing us here today for h.r. 5166. i want to talk about carl, an army veteran, who couldn't get a response from the v.a. to receive a cancer treatment through the v.a. choice program. after multiple communications, my office was finally able to get the authorization from the v.a. betty from staunton, illinois, the wife of a decorated vietnam vet, who served his country for more than a decade, waited for over a year from the v.a. about benefits owed to her late husband. finally, my office was successful in getting betty, who was experiencing financial difficulty at the time, the accrued benefits owed to her
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husband. kenneth of illinois, bronze star recipient while serving in kuwait, iraq and afghanistan, was denied benefits due to a missing doctor's examination because he was deployed at the time and the v.a. never rescheduled the appointment. he contacted our office and we made sure the benefits were received. another recipient, purple heart recipient, wanted a copy from his medical records but never heard from the v.a. after several months he reached out to our office. and one called my office for help after her husband, a veteran, passed away. she had been waiting for six months for an answer from the v.a. and now my office continues to wait for a response from the v.a. these examples not only show that sometimes incompetence and unresponsiveness of certain personnel at the v.a. but they also show how important congressional offices are to getting answers our veterans need and deserve.
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many times when a veteran contacts their member of congress for help it's their last resort. it's not their first call. they don't know where else to turn. our caseworkers become the middle man between the veteran and the v.a. v.a. casework in my office remains highest in volume. we currently have over 96 open cases and we closed nearly 1,000 in the four years that i've been in office. and ask almost any caseworker, they will tell you the v.a. is one of the most difficult agencies to get a response from. it's unacceptable that it takes this long, and this is why the wingman act, h.r. 5166, needs to be passed. it simple lie' laos our certify -- simply allows our certify caseworker ability to check files in order to check progress and claims. this is technology used to help our veterans get answers they deserve. it's not going to solve the systemic problems we see at the v.a., but it's going to help us hold the v.a. accountable and get answers for the veterans who we are honored to
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represent. i want to thank my colleague, representative yoho, for working with me and many others on this important piece of legislation, and, mr. speaker, i want to thank chairman miller, not only for his help on this, but for his service to this great institution. somebody who has put our veterans first as chairman of the veterans' affairs committee, but somebody who has spent his career making sure that commonsense proposals like this get enacted so that our veterans, those who he cares about the most and we care about the most get the answers and the responses they deserve. thank you, mr. speaker. thank you, mr. chairman. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida reserves. the gentleman from california. mr. takano: mr. speaker, i ask my colleagues to join me in supporting h.r. 5166, as amended, the wingman act, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from florida. mr. miller: thank you, mr. speaker. i urge all of my colleagues to support h.r. 5166, as amended, and i yield back the balance of
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my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 5166, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. without objection, the title is amended. for what purpose does the gentleman from florida rise? mr. miller: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3286, as amended, the honoring investments in recruiting and employing american military veterans act of 2015. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 3286, a bill to encourage effective, voluntary private sector investments to recruit, employ and retain men and women who have served in the united states military with annual presidential awards to private sector employers recognizing such efforts, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore:
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pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from florida, mr. miller, and the gentleman from california, mr. takano, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida. mr. miller: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and tend their remarks and add extraneous material on h.r. 3286, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. miller: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. miller: thank you, again, mr. speaker. h.r. 3286, as amended, would require the department of labor to establish a hire vets medallion program to recognize and to award employers with a hire vets medallion for their efforts to recruit, employ and retain veterans as well as their work to provide community and charitable services to veterans in their local communities. while we still have work to do, it is important to note that the veteran unemployment rate has continued to decrease over recent years and as of last month, it was at a low of 4.3%.
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while many factors have led to the continued reduction of the unemployment rate for the men and women who have served, our nation's employers in both the public and the private sectors, deserve a lot of the credit, and it's important that we highlight the work that these companies have done and publicly recognize their commitment for hiring veterans. with this idea in mind, h.r. 3 286, as amended, would have the secretary of labor create the hire of vets medallion for companies who provide support services to the veterans in their community. employers would earn either platinum or gold status based on requirements related to the number of veterans hired each year, providing pay equity for guardsmen and reserve employees who were called up to active military service and other requirements.
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once these employers have earned a hire vets medallion, they would be able to publicly display their award to illustrate the work they have done on behalf of veterans and the priority they place on hiring veterans within their work force. as we work to continue to decrease the national unemployment rate among our men and women who have served, it is vital that we highlight and step up and thank the employers who have employed these individuals and recognize the benefits of hiring a veteran. i want to thank colonel paul cook of california for introducing and advocating for this bill, and it has my full and complete support. with that i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from california. mr. takano: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. takano: well, i rise in support of h.r. 3286, as amended, the hong investments in recruiting and employing
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american military veterans act of 2015, or the hire vets act. i thank my colleague and fellow inland empire and california representative colonel paul cook, for introducing this innovative bill. the hire vets act directs the department of labor's veterans employment and training services, or otherwise known as vets, to establish a hire vets medallion program. it will get information from private sector employees who successfully recruit, employ and retain veterans and allow these employers to display on their marketing materials a recognized medallion as a symbol of their commendable hiring practices. employers who provide community and charitable services, supporting veterans will also be eligible to display a hire vets medallion.
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hiring veterans isn't just the right thing to do from a moral perspective. it is -- it also makes good business sense. the men and women who served in our military received invaluable training and experience that has been proven to help them thrive in postmilitary employment. whether in the public or private sectors. fortunately, we have seen -- we have been seeing encouraging trends in veterans employment. thanks to the hard work of d.o.l. vets, combined with efforts twoon the -- within the private sector, the veterans unemployment rate in october was 4.3%. that's lower than the national unemployment rate which was 4.9%. this continues a 24-month trend with only a single exception. we could all be very proud of the progress we have made in making sure more veterans are able to find quality, good-paying jobs upon transitioning into civilian
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life. that said, we want to remain vigilant to make sure that the men and women who signed up to defend our nation enjoy opportunities for growth and prosperity when they return home. again, i want to thank my colleague, mr. cook, colonel cook, for authoring this legislation to have a uniformed recognizable medallion to show our appreciation to companies that hire and retain veteran employees. i am proud to be a co-sponsor of this bill and to stand in support of its passage today. thank you, mr. speaker, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from florida. mr. miller: mr. speaker, i now yield three minutes to the sponsor of this legislation, the gentleman from the eighth district of california, colonel paul cook. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. cook: thank you, mr. speaker. thank you, chairman miller for yielding your time. as a combat veteran, ipe' deeply concerned that men and women -- i'm deeply concerned that the men and women of our armed forces continue to struggle to find jobs upon
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their return to civilian life. these individuals have not only displayed great courage serving their country but have acquired distinctive skills that make them ideal candidates for employment. veterans who serve this country honorably should never struggle to find employment, which is why i've introduced h.r. 3286, honoring investments and recruiting and employing american veterans act, the hire vets act. as already mentioned, this bill creates an innovative system to encourage and recognize employers who make veterans a priority in their hiring practice, incentivizing the creation of thousands of jobs for veterans. this bill goes beyond simply recognizing that a business hire veterans. it's critical that we establish
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a nationwide gold standard program that creates a strong and consistent brand. this bill is an opportunity for americans to see which companies truly live up to the employment promises they made to veterans. it's our duty to ensure veterans receive the benefits and resources they've earned through their services to this country, and that includes encouraging meaningful job opportunities. you know, i've been around a long while, and, of course, my own experience is from vietnam where a lot of veterans returned to their hometown and they were shunned, they were ostracized, created problems in terms of alcohol, drugs, you name it. and a lot of it was related to the fact they couldn't find a job or people didn't want to talk to them. this bill, i think, with the
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help of businesses, goes a long way to correct a problem we've had for many, many years. passed out of -- this bill passed out of the house veterans' affairs committee unanimously, and i want to thank chairman miller and the ranking member takano for their support. and i'd also like to thank representative tulsi gabbard for being the original co-sponsor of this important legislation. i urge my colleagues to vote in favor of this bill, and i yield back my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves his time. the gentleman from california. mr. takano: mr. speaker, at this time i'd like to yield three minutes to the gentlewoman from hawaii, ms. tulsi gabbard. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for three minutes. ms. gabbard: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in strong support of h.r. 3286, a bill of which i am proud to have worked with my colleague and fellow veteran, paul cook from california, whose service i honor very much. every single day we have roughly 500 veterans who return
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to civilian life, joining the more than 2.9 million veterans who returned home just since 9/11 alone. now, some choose to take advantage of educational benefits they've earned, and others choose to jump right back into the work force. unfortunately, for many of our veterans, making that move is not as simple as submitting a resume and waiting for a callback. . our veterans unfortunately often face an unfriendly job market or unfriendly job culture that does not fully understand their needs and the unique challenges of transitioning from military service member life to civilian life. we've taken some important steps to encourage employers to hire more veterans and we've seen the total percentage of unemployed veterans drop by 1.5% over the past year. while this is progress, the fact is we still have over 400,000 veterans unemployed
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today. this tells us that more must be done. not only to get them employed, but to make sure that they're employed in meaningful, good-paying jobs. i recently hosted a panel of experts from both the public and private sector where we talked about how we can better empower our veterans in the tech sectors specifically. the tech industry has experienced unprecedented growth over the past decade and is the fastest growing sector in our economy. yet so far veterans remain largely underrepresented, making up just 2% of this fast growing industry. it's not because they're not qualified, the not because they don't have what it takes to do the job. through their service and training, our highly trained men and women delve the ability to lead, make decisions under pressure, act as a member of a team, and accomplish the mission. the bottom line is they get the job done. these skills make them especially valuable to employers, whether it be in the tech industry or in any other
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business, nonprofit or civic leadership position. that's why i'm proud to john b.: my fellow veteran -- join my fellow veteran and friend in support of this important legislation because it incentivizes employers to hire and retain veterans by creating a standard of recognition for those who go the extra mile, to recruit and retain veterans and provide services that support our veteran community. i strongly urge our colleagues to pass this legislation and help serve and you are empower our veterans and businesses to thrive. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from california reserves. the gentleman from california. >> i have no more request for time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california. mr. takano: mr. speaker, i have no further speakers. it strikes me, colonel cook, i know we've named this act the hire veterans act, knowing of your service in vietnam, and so many of the vietnam veterans that live in the inland empire, we could also call in the welcome home act. because nothing is more welcoming than a job.
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and i share your passion for caring about our veterans in the inland empire and california, of course all our country, and certainly honor your service to our country, so i urge all my colleagues to support -- to join me in passing hrment r. 3286 -- h.r. 3286 and i look forward to seeing those medallions across many districts. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from florida. mr. miller: once again, i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 3286 as and -- as amended and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 3286 as amended. elected those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. . in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and, without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from florida seek recognition? mr. miller: mr. speaker, i move
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to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 5600 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 5600, a bill to direct the secretary of veterans affairs to carry out a pilot program to provide access to magnetic e.e.g. and e.k.g. guided therapy to veterans. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from florida, mr. miller, and the gentleman from california, mr. takano, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida. mr. miller: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days with which to revise and extend their remarks and add extraneous material. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. miller: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i might consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. miller: thank you very much. i do rise today in support of this bill. not hero left untreated act. -- the no hero left untreated act. there's no greater priority we have as a great nation than to care for those who have been wounded in the service of our country. and to ensure that they're provided with the most
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successful treatments, including those that are new and are promising, to assist them on their path to recovery. h.r. 5600 as amend wood require the department of veterans -- amended would require the department of veterans affairs to carry out a one-year pilot program to provide access to magnetic e.e.g., e.k.g. therapy to veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, chronic pain, opioid addiction, who have experienced military sexual trauma. magnetic e.e.g.-e.k.g. guided residence therapy has proven effective in addressing symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury, among veteran patients. for example, in a 2015 study, veteran parents experienced an lmost 50% reduction in symptom severity after just two weeks of using this therapy.
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though the pilot this bill would -- pilot this bill would create is limited, i am hopeful that it will provide the needed data to support the provision of this promising new treatment for many more service members and veterans in the future. this bill is sponsored by our good friend, congressman steve knight from california, and i'm grateful to him for sponsoring this legislation to increase access to innovative treatment for america's heroes. i urge all of my colleagues to join me in supporting h.r. 5600 as amended and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california. mr. takano: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, i yield myself as much time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. takano: i rise today in support of h.r. 5600 as mended, not hero left -- the no hero left unright toed act. this bill is designed to create a pilot program in the v.a. to determine if magnetic
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e.e.g.-e.k.g. guideds remainnence therapy technology is appropriate for larger populations of veterans suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, military sexual trauma, chronic pain or opiate addiction. under this treatment, a veteran's e.e.g. and e.k.g. are analyzed to detect any possible be a normalities. this information is used to develop a personalized treatment for each patient aimed at restoring the brain to its optimal state. it is essential that the v.a. continue to explore new and innovative treatments like resonance therapy, that can offer breakthroughs for veterans and service members suffering from ptsd and other traumas. for more than 90 years, the veterans affairs research and development program has been improving the lives of veterans and all americans through health care discovery and innovation. v.a. research is unique because
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of its focus on health issues that affect veterans. it is part of an integrated health care system that coordinates care for veterans and afill -- and affiliates with universal medical schools and teaching hospitals to train our health care providers and perform groundbreaking medical research. i look forward to learning more about this treatment and its effects on those veterans who have continued to suffer from the wounds of combat trauma here at home. innovative pilot programs and continued investment in research will help to ensure that our nation's veterans get the high quality care they earned, they have earned and deserve. thank you, mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from florida. mr. miller: mr. speaker, i yield three minutes to the gentleman from the 25th district of california, the prime sponsor of this important piece of legislation, representative steve knight. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for
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three minutes. mr. knight: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank the chair and ranking member for their support of this piece of legislation. the no hero left untreated act is just that. we expect our young warriors to protect our values and our ideals and we as americans should do nothing less than to take care of them when they return home. the no heroes left untreated act is a new and innovative way of looking at how we can treat our veterans. i think that that's what people in america are looking for. they're looking for, how can we help our veterans in new and innovative ways? this is one of those. this is a way that we have taken 500 veterans, we have given them this treatment and about 95% of them have said that they have had some difference in their life. because of the treatment. 61% have said that it is a dramatic change because of this treatment. if we took those numbers and we took them to any kind of treatment or any kind of medical help across this country, i think that all of the physicians and all of the medical industry would say,
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yes, those are great numbers. so what we're trying to do here is we're going to put it into two of our medical facilities. put it into two of our v.a. centers, and we're going to collect some data on the enormous successes that we've seen in the past and hopefully in the future. then i hope to come back at a certain time in the future and say, this has been great. the can at that -- the data that we've collected has helped our veterans, our warriors when they've come home. let's put this across the country. i expect that everyone in every district across this country when they see this, these types of successes, would want to put it into their v.a. facilities. so that is our kind of goal in what we're trying to do here. mental and physical injuries are part of battle. treatment that works should be pushed by our legislative bodies. it shouldn't be stagnated. that's exactly what this body is doing. we are looking at this and we're saying, this is working, why wouldn't we push it? i thank everyone for looking at this in a bipartisan measure
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and saying, this will help our veterans, let's move this forward. this therapy has shown enormous successes. i think when the american people look at this and they say, we've got these successes, let's make sure that we push this forward, i think that we should also look at other treatments that might not be having these types of successes and saying, you know what, we can do different changes. and the medical industry i'm sure would support that. so that's what we're trying to do with the no hero left untreated. that's why we've named it that. because that's exactly what we want. we don't want to leave any hero untreated. and i appreciate the support from both sides of the aisle and i ask for support of this important measure. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california. mr. takano: mr. speaker, i have no further speakers and i encourage my colleagues to support this legislation and join me in passing 56 -- h.r. 5600 as amended and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from florida. mr. miller: tie encourage my colleagues to support this -- i too encourage my colleagues to support this piece of legislation and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 5600 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and, without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentleman from florida rise? mr. miller: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass hrment r. 6323 -- h.r. 6323. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 6323, a bill to name the department of veterans affairs health care system in long beach, california, the tibor rubin v.a. medical center. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from florida and the gentleman from california will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from florida. mr. miller: i ask unanimous consent that all members would have five legislative days with which to i reserve the balance of my time their -- revise and extend their remarks and add
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extraneous material on the bill. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. miller: mr. speaker, i yield myself such time as i might consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. miller: thank you very much. i do rise today in support of h.r. 632363, a bill to -- 6323, a bill to name the department of veterans affairs health care system in long beach, california, the tibor rubin long beach v.a. medical center. mr. speaker, as a young man, corporal tibor rubin survived 14 months in a german concentration camp in austria during world war ii, before it was liberated by the united states army. corporal rubin was so inspired by the american soldiers who rescued him that he eventually moved to the united states, enlisted in the army and became a united states citizen. he was deployed as a member of the first cavalry division during the korean war and was eventually captured by the north korean military. during his captivity, he provided crucial moral support
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and improvised medical support to his fellow prisoners of war. for his service, corporal rubin was awarded two purple hearts and the congressional medal of honor. sadly, he passed away just last year. after such an outstanding life of service and survival, the only appropriate that we honor corporal rubin by naming the long beach v.a. medical center after him. h.r. 6323 satisfies the committee's naming criteria and is supported by the entire california congressional delegation, as well as many local veterans service organizations. i am grateful to congressman lowenthal for sponsoring this legislation and i urge all of my colleagues to join me in supporting that and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california. mr. takano: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself as much time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. takano: i rise today in support of h.r. 6323, to name
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the department of veteran affairs health care system in long beach, california, the tibor rubin v.a. medical center. hat a remarkable story about tibor rubin. tibor rubin survifpked the -- survived a concentration camp for 14 months before being liberated by american soldiers in may of 1945. after emigrating to the united states in 1948, he enlisted in the united states army and volunteered to serve in korea. despite not being required to serve overseas as a non-u.s. citizen. . while in korea, corporal rubin was ordered to defend a road while his division was in retreat. he held that position for 24 calvary l the eighth could withdraw. he spent 30 months as a
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prisoner of war in thorte korea where testimony from his fellow prisoners detailed his willingness to sacrifice for the others. he helped his fellow p.o.w.'s by sneaking out of the camp at night and forging for food, stealing from enemy supplies and bringing back what he could to help the soldiers imprisoned with him. he declined the offer of his communist captors to transfer him to soviet hundred gary, to protect him from those of his adopted country. he shared the food evenly among the g.i.'s, a fellow prisoner wrote. he also took care of us, nursed us, carried us to the latreen. this g.i. also added, helping his fellow men was the most important thing to him. for these actions and more, mr. rubin was awarded the medal of honor in 2005. for all that this brave immigrant did to protect the
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freedoms of our great country, we are honors to be able to name this v.a. medical center after him. thank you, mr. speaker. i urge support for this legislation and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from florida. mr. miller: mr. speaker, i have no requests for time so i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from california. mr. takano: mr. speaker, at this time i'd like to yield eight minutes to the gentleman from california, mr. lowenthal. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for eight minutes. mr. lowenthal: thank you, to my good friend from california, who's been such a great leader on veterans' issues. mr. speaker, i rise today to honor the life of holocaust surriver and medal of honor recipient and a person that i knew personally before he ssed away, mr. tibor "ted" rubin. with the support of all 53 members of the california delegation, both california
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senators and many of my state's leading veterans' groups, i recently introduced h.r. 6323, legislation to name the department of veterans affairs medical center in longbeach as the v.a. tibor rubin medical center. as noted, tibor was born in hundred gary on june 18, 1929. he survived 19 months in a nazi concentration camp in austria where both his parents and both his sisters would eventually die. liberated by the united states army, he was inspired by the american soldiers who rescued him, emigrating to the united states and enlisting in the united states army. he was deployed to korea as a member of the united states army's eighth calvary regiment, the first calvary division during the korean war.
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despite facing religious discrimination from his sergeant who sent him on the most dangerous patrols and missions, and withheld his medal of honor commendation, tibor fought valiantly in several notable engagements. in one such engagement, tibor enabled the complete withdrawal of his come patriots to the pusan perimeter by solely defending a hill on an overwhelming assault on north korean troops. he inflicted a staggering number of casualties on the attacking force during his personal 24-hour battle single handedly slowing the enemy's advance and allowing the eighth calvary to withdrawal successfully. following the successful u.s. army breakout from the pusan perimeter and its advance into north korea, tibor was personally responsible for the
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capture of several hundred north korean soldiers. in additional engagement, chinese forces attacked his unit during a massive nighttime assault. for nearly 24 hours he remained at his post with a .30 caliber machine gun at the south end of the unit's line until his ammunition was exhausted. his determined stance slowed the pace of the enemy advance into his sector, permitting the remnants of his unit to retreat southward. however, as the battle raged, tibor was severely wounded and captured by the chinese. while in chinese custody, he refused to be repatriated to hungary, instead choosing to remain in the prison camp. he would refuse the offer on numerous occasions. tibor disregarded his own
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personal safety and immediately began sneaking out of the camp at night in search of food for his fellow prisoners. breaking into the enemy's food storehouses and gardens, he risked certain torture or death if caught. tibor provided not only food for the starving soldiers but also desperately needed medical care and moral support for the sick and wounded of the p.o.w. camp. as one of his fellow prisoners recounted about the camp, tibor did many good deeds which he told us were mitzvahs in the jewish tradition. he was a very religious jew and helping his fellow man was the most important thing to him. tibor's bravery, selfless efforts were directly attributed to saving the lives as many of 40 of his fellow prisoners. as his medal of citation honor
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reads, corporal rubin's gallant actions in close contact with the enemy, and unyields bravery and courage while a prisoner of war are in the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the united states army. it is worth noting that tibor was nominated in the field on four occasions for the medal of honor. when he was finally presented his medal of honor in 2005, it was not presented by president george bush for a single act of heroism. it was instead presented for nearly his entire three years of service in the korean war. tibor was fiercely proud of the country he adopted. when he later once was asked about his decision to emigrate to the united states, he said, i always wanted to be a citizen of the united states and when i became a citizen, it was one of the happiest days of my life. i think about the united states
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and i am a lucky person to live here. when i came to america, it was the first time i was free. it was one of the reasons i joined the u.s. army because i wanted to show my appreciation. it is the best country in the world, and i am part of it now. i do not have to worry about the gestapo knocking on my door. so i am proud to say that after his service, tibor became a longtime resident of garden grove, california, in my district. it was his home when he passed away on december 5, 2004, and it was in the long beach v.a. hospital where he received his medical services for over 50 years. it's my great honor to meet tibor and to represent him in congress. e was a survivor, a soldier, a nurse, a compatriot and a wonderful -- come pate reach
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and a wonderful -- compatriate and a wonderful person. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from florida. mr. miller: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california. mr. takano: mr. speaker, i have no other speakers. what an amazing story behind mr. rubin -- corporal rubin. i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this legislation, h.r. 6223, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentleman from florida. mr. miller: i, too, encourage all of my colleagues to support this legislation. i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 6323. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table.
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. royce: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass house concurrent resolution 165. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the concurrent resolution.
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the clerk: house concurrent resolution 165, concurrent resolution expressing the sense of congress and reaffirming longstanding united states policy in support of a direct bilaterally negotiated settlement of the israeli-palestinian conflict and opposition to united nations security council a solution imposing to the conflict. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. royce, and the gentleman from california, mr. sherman, will each control 20 minutes. the chair now recognizes the gentleman from california, mr. royce. mr. royce: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and to include any extraneous material in the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. royce: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. royce: mr. speaker, i want to thank the ranking member, the gentleman from new york, mr. engel, and thank mr. brad sherman of california as well, for working with me in a
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bipartisan manner to bring this important resolution to the floor today. there is a growing concern in congress. it is a concern felt on both sides of the aisle that despite established bipartisan united states policy, the obama administration may end the practice of vetoing resolutions on the security council that strayed from the principle that the israeli-palestinian conflict can only be resolved through direct negotiations between the parties. this administration could also end the related practice of vetoing security council resolutions that are one-sided or anti-israel, and this is a real concern. it's a concern with press reports including one today suggests that such a one-sided resolution could be submitted in days. and worse, the obama administration could support a resolution that the u.n.
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security council setting parameters for a final settlement between israel and the palestinianians. u.s. policy has long and -- palestinians. u.s. policy has long and wisely been that only they can work out a peace agreement between themselves and that efforts to impose one would be counterproductive. whatever parameters the u.n. established would be unacceptable to any israeli government, a government to the left or a government to the right, making it impossible to see any future peace. and what on earth today at this point in time suggests that israel has a willing partner in peace, not at this moment. our committee has held hearings to expose the current palestinian authority's complicit in inciting violence
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against israel -- against the state of israel as well as against israelis. so mr. speaker, israel is contending with a deep-seated hatred, it's a deep-seated hatred nurtured unfortunately by palestinian leaders over also in direct communication with the population, many, many years, whether it was in the mosques or the schools or the newspapers or on television, and as one witness told the committee, incitement is the term we usually use but that's not what we really mean. hatred is what we mean. teaching generations of palestinians to hate jews by demonizing and dehumanizing them, that's the nature of the problem. and unfortunately some palestinians are lured to terrorism with more than just words.
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since 2003, it's been palestinian law to reward palestinian terrorists in israeli jails with a monthly paycheck. the palestinian authority and the palestinian liberation organization use a so-called martyr's fund to pay the families of palestinian prisoners and to pay suicide bombers. this pay-to-play scheme has got to stop, period. the united states must stand firm, the israeli-palestinian conflict can only be resolved through direct negotiations between the parties. i again thank the gentleman from new york and the gentleman from california, as well, for their work on this resolution and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california. >> thank you. mr. speaker, i rise today in support of house concurrent resolution 165 and i yield
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myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. >> this is a bipartisan resolution put forward by the chair and ranking member of our committee, mr. royce and mr. engel, co-sponsored by myself, with a host of other bipartisan co-sponsors. the resolution comes at a precarious time for a two-state solution. with a new administration preparing to enter office and as turmoil continues in the middle east. mr. sherman: i myself have always been a supporter of a negotiated solution between the israeli and palestinian sides of this conflict that would -- which would result in a secure democratic jewish state of israel, alongside a stable and democratic state for the palestinian people. this resolution reaffirms this commitment, which has been long standing american policy. the united states has provided important leadership as the two parties have negotiated.
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we would hope to see bilateral negotiations in the future. peace must be made by the parties themselves. a peace settlement will only come through direct bilateral negotiations. these negotiations are delicate, they're complicated. as president barack obama said in 2011, peace is hard work. peace will not come through statements and resolutions at the united nationses. if they were that easy -- united nations. if it were that easy, it would have been accomplished already. the president continued, ultimately it is the palestinians and the israelis who must live side by side. ultimately it is the israelis and palestinian, not us, who must reach agreement on the issues that divide them. this resolution is consistent with administration policy and consistent with the policy of several prior administrations. we must heed this advice. imposing a solution on the
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parties will not work. in fact, it would be counterproductive to peace. it would undermine incentive for the palestinian authority to make the necessary changes that are prerequisites to peace. statehood can be accomplished by ensuring security, eliminating incitement and demonstrating that the palestinian side can live peacefully with israel. this resolution expresses the sense of congress as follows, that the israeli-palestinian peace will come home through direct, bilateral negotiations. that recognition of a palestinian state without a peace deal would cause harm to the peace process. that efforts by outside bodies to impose an agreement or the parameters of an agreement are likely to set back the peace process. and the united states should veto any one-sided united nations security council resolutions or those resolutions that would seek to impose solutions on final status issues.
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again, consistent with the administration policies. and finally, of course, it says that america will continue to support negotiations without preconditions between the israelis and the palestinians. the palestinian people deserve a state of their own. the israeli people deserve to live in peace as jews in the state of israel. in this spirit, i call upon my colleagues to join us in passing this resolution. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california. mr. royce: i'd like to yield three minutes to the gentleman from new jersey, mr. smith, chairman of the foreign affairs subcommittee on after qua, global health -- africa, global health and global human rights and international organizations. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for three minutes. mr. smith: i thank the distinguished chairman for yielding and i rise in strong support of h.con.res. 165 in support of direct bilateral negotiations to resolve the israeli-palestinian conflict introduced by chairman royce and eliot engel. this resolution is much more
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than a restatement of long standing u.s. policy, it is an urgent defense of our commitments to the state of israel in the face of innumerable threats. the united states has long insisted that the only pass pa -- path to peace for the israelis and palestinians is through direct bilateral negotiations. any so-called resolution imposed from the outside is doomed to failure. because it inherently lacks the political support of both parties to the conflict. peace making is hard work, but that reality has not stopped others from looking for a shortcut. the u.n. security council is one such forum that has served as a platform for anti-israel schemes for many, many years. thankfully the united states has always resolutely opposed such ine laterallyism and whens ey -- such unilateralism and has always resolutely used the
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veto. since 197 2, the united states has used its veto power 42 times, to block anti-israeli measures in the security council. however, in the closing days of this administration, this long standing policy is being called into question. mr. speaker, there are many reports that president obama is considering moving the needle on the peace process before he leaves office by supporting a u.n. security council resolution enshrining certain conditions for peace. just last month "the new york times" editorial board came out forcefully in favor of this scheme. quote, the best idea under discussion now, the editorial board wrote, we would have -- would be to have the united nations security council in an official resolution lay down guidelines for a peace agreement covering such issues as israel's security, the future of jerusalem, the fate of palestinian refugees, and borders for both sides. on the contrary, this is just about the worst idea that would
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have the effect of dangerously undercutting the peace process. israel's security and the future of jerusalem, palestinian refugees and borders, anyone familiar with this issue knows these are the four most sensitive matters at stake in this conflict. and should not be imposed from without. the united states ought to be very clear when faced with such proposals. any attempt to determine the fate of these issues outside of direct bilateral talks undermines the sovereignty of our strong ally, israel, destroys goodwill, and threatens to prolong the conflict further. sadly, the drumbeat, mr. speaker, i'd ask, mr. chairman, for an additional minute. mr. royce: i yield the gentleman from new jersey an additional minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for an additional minute. mr. smith: thank you. sadly the drumbeat for unilateral yinings action on this issue -- united nations action on this issue continues. on october 14, the u.n. security council helt a -- held a special date entitled israeli
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illegal settlement obstacles to peace and the two-state solution. this was held at the request of members -- security councilmembers egypt, venezuela, malaysia, senegal and angola, with the backing of the palestinians. such one-sided initiatives only damage prospects for peace. last april 390 members of the house, both sides of the aisle, signed a letter to the president and it was signed by so many of us, including some in this room, including nita lowey, kay granger, karen bass, ted deutch, ileana ros-lehtinen, the chairman, eliot engel, kevin mccarthy, steny hoyer, nancy pelosi and myself, 390 in all, that laid out this simple principles that have guided our policy. these principles include a refusal to support counterproductive efforts aimed at imposing a solution on the parties, opposition to palestinian efforts to seek recognition of statehood in international bodies, any
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willingness to oppose a need-be one-sided u.n. resolution by way of veto. please, i urge my colleagues to vote for this resolution. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california. mr. sherman: i yield two minutes to the gentleman from virginia, mr. connolly. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. connolly: thank you. i thank my friend, mr. sherman, for yielding. i rise today in support of h.con.res. 165, reaffirming longstanding u.s. policy in support of a direct bilaterally negotiated settlement of the israeli-palestinian conflict. for several decades the united states has maintained a consistent bipartisan policy toward this conflict that state solution that opposes settlement expansion. explicit congressional support for the two-state solution is critically important. especially in light of president-elect donald trump's previous statements on this very subject. my friends on the other side have indicated an abiding fear
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that something bad might happen at the u.n. in the waning 52 days of the obama administration. i don't share that concern. what i'm concerned about is the next four years and what donald trump will do to the longstanding bipartisan two-state solution that has been the cornerstone of the american policy. if he pulls out of that commitment, then you're right, middle east peace is at risk. it's not because of what obama's going to do over the next 52 days. i ask my colleagues to support this resolution, which reiterates that longstanding bipartisan support for a two-state solution and helps combat the unpredictably of u.s. foreign policy in these difficult days of transition. with that, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california. mr. royce: i yield four minutes to the gentlelady from florida, ms. ros-lehtinen, who chairs the foreign affairs subcommittee on the middle east and north africa.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized for four minutes. ms. ros-lehtinen: thank you very much, mr. speaker. as always, i want to thank our esteemed chairman, chairman royce of california, as well as our ranking member, eliot engel, who's so ably -- so wonderfully represented by mr. sherman of california. but i thank mr. royce and mr. engel for authoring this very important resolution, of which i'm proud to co-sponsor. and while i fully support this measure and i urge all of our colleagues to back it as well, i wish that this resolution was not needed. but sadly, we know better. the fact that we need to bring bait and pass a resolution urging a united states administration to uphold longstanding u.s. policy as it relates to the peace process is telling and also disappointing, mr. speaker. these next two months are going to be crucial for our friend
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and ally, the democratic jewish state of israel, and the u.s.-israel alliance, which must remain ever strong. israel is facing a constant barrage by the palestinians and their supporters at the united nations and there are indications that be aue mazzland once again attempt to further his plan for unilateral statehood through the security council. ordinarily any attempt to dictate a two-state solution or impose parameters on negotiations between the israelis and the palestinians would be sum arly dismissed by the united states. however, sadly it has become clear over the past year that this administration may be looking to take unprecedented action and in fact we've heard the administration has been actively seeking ways in which it could force the israelis into making dangerous concessions. i have asked secretary kerry, i have asked ambassador power,
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our ambassador to the u.n., i have asked ambassador patterson, nearly every administration official who has come before our foreign affairs committee headed by mr. royce and mr. engel, if president obama will uphold longstanding u.s. policy and will veto any security council resolution related to israel, and each one has evaded the question. refusing to reaffirm this longstanding, unambiguous, noncontroversial policy. we hear speak of one-sided resolutions, but that's slick administration talk. who defines the one-sidedness? it should have been a resounding blanket statement, it's easy that the president believes that the only way to a real and lasting peace between israelis and the palestinians must come through direct bilateral negotiations between the two. and lacking that, yes, we will urge the president to veto it.
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it's not hard. peace cannot be forced, any short-term achievement on an imposed solution will bring -- will be far outweighed by the long-term damage that it will cause. mr. speaker, this is a lame duck administration. it should go without saying that any action, whether it be at the u.n., or undertakeen unilaterally, aimed at forcing solutions, to final status issues will be detrimental to the prospects of peace and it would harm both israelis and the palestinians, so i support this measure strongly, brought forth by chairman royce and ranking member engel, i urge my colleague to support it, to reaffirm longstanding u.s. policy that true peace between the israelis and the palestinians can only come between direct, bilateral americas between them. i urge the administration to not allow the palestinian scheme of unilateral statehood to gain any legitimacy at the
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u.n. i thank the chairman for the time and, mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from california. mr. sherman: i'll continue to reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. mr. royce: i'm going to yield two minutes to the gentleman from illinois, mr. dold, a member of the committee on financial services. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. . mr. dold: i thank my good friend, the chairman from california, mr. royce, for yielding the time. i support h. con. res. 265. we need here in the united states to respect israel's democratically elected leadership. they are a nation and one true ally and any efforts by the united nations or any other body to try to impose a two-state solution, frankly, i think is detrimental and frankly reckless. we should never try to force their hand. and frankly, what we find

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